The Divine Order

  • Petra Volpe
  • Switzerland
  • 2017
  • 96'
  • Die göttliche Ordnung

Swiss Academy Awards entry. A light-hearted drama about the fear of change and struggle for equality. Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited “the divine order” as their ground for not giving women the right to vote even in the 1970s. Director Petra Volpe explores this incredible page in history through the story of Nora, an unremarkable housewife from a little village, who needs to learn how to become a tough leader of the local suffragettes. When she organizes a village meeting seeking for endorsement of the female suffrage, her family becomes the laughing stock of the whole village. Despite strong resistance, she manages to persuade the local women to leave their families and go on strike.

subtitles: HR, EN

Petra Volpe

A Swiss-Italian director and writer, Petra Volpe has an MA from the Film Academy Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. She is based in New York and Berlin. Her debut feature Dreamland (2014) was nominated for four Swiss Film Awards.

The Divine Order

Director
Petra Volpe
Screenplay
Petra Volpe
Cast
Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Peter Freiburghaus, Therese Affolter, Ella Rumpf, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin
DOP
Judith Kaufmann
Editing
Hansjörg Weissbrich
Producer
Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi
Production
Zodiac Pictures
Festivals & Awards
Tribeca Film Festival 2017 – Best Actress in International Narrative Feature Film, Nora Ephron Prize; Audience Award; Swiss Film Award 2017 – Best Actress, Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay

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